Wireless tags deregulated

Ofcom has announced that the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) operating in the 865-868 MHz range will be exempt from licensing.



In reaching its decision, Ofcom considered the potential levels of interference from RFID devices, concluding that, with the regulations covering power levels, frequency bands and antenna characteristics, interference from RFID devices in the 865-868 MHz range was unlikely.



Ofcom is responsible for the civil use of the radio spectrum in the UK. Where appropriate, it seeks to deregulate to increase the amount of licence-exempt spectrum used by businesses to bring new technologies and services to the market.



The announcement means that equipment can be used without a licence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, subject only to regulations intended to minimise potential interference.



The decision, which was subject to consultation over the summer, follows a recommendation from the Conference of European Post and Telecommunications administrations (CEPT) that additional spectrum should be made available for RFID at 865-868 MHz.



The Ofcom statement can be found at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/wireless865_868/865_868statement/